Posted on: August 15, 2009 1:07 pm
We have all these draft picks and there still unsigned. The Nationals will likely have the first pick for several of years, they won't be available to afford most of there picks. Lets face it, these draft picks want more and more money, mostly guarantee. Its happening to the NFL also.
These players want to be notice on the big stage, not going through the Nationals staff and likely pitch so many innings hes done after two years. So of course there going to be asking for a crap load of cash. Have the Nationals ever heard of "you have to take a little risk in order to succeed".
The Nationals can throw their money at Soriano, Dunn, and Zimmerman but not invest in a big time pitching prospect? Whos been the best pitcher on the Nationals?
I still hope Nationals do sign Strasburg. They are getting closer in the negotiation.
Let the draft prospects go where ever the money at, now I'm sure the smaller market teams are going to ask "why". The smaller market teams can still be competitive, they can invest there money in later type first rounds guys.
The system sucks right now. Theres numerous amount of players that don't start their MLB career's til late.
The draft has to change. I'm not saying no draft, but that might better then what we have now.
For next year, You might see a huge amount of trades. Simply because the small market teams don't want to spend the money, and its too risky.
Scott Boras has three of the projected first round picks, you don't think hes going to get more clients?
Posted on: July 28, 2009 1:10 pm
Edited on: July 28, 2009 1:22 pm
I can't believe Roy Halladay isn't a Philliy yet. Phillies could have Halladay for this year and next year in his prime. I do think players are in their prime between 27-33, definitely for pitchers. He doesn't throw in the near a 100 mph, so I do think he can reduplicate his numbers this year for another two years if no serious injury. I wouldn't mine losing J.A. Happ and Phillies best pitcher pospect, you get the arguably best pitcher in baseball right now. You got Cole Hamels, your ace struggling right now. Your the defending world series champions, not to many teams repeat. The Braves are breathing down your neck, and they do have great pitching.
Posted on: July 26, 2009 5:50 pm
Well, well, Cubs back in first in the NL central. Its been a while, but a lot of hard work from the Cubs hitters made it possible. I know these Cubs pitchers always been awesome. On the pitching side, Randy Wells have been the dark horse. Always seems to pitch well, the starters gets injured, hes been the guy who pitches well. Good news, Ryan Dempster expect to be back tuesday. Bad news, Ted Lilly goes on the DL. Not that bad when you know Wells can fill in.
Now, the key of first place, the hitters. Starting with Soriano, he has been great. Hes driving through the ball. Good example today, a pitch that was coming inside, had the mind set that he knew he couldn't hit it out of the park. So what does he do, slaps it into right field. Couple of weeks, probably will have struck out. When he drives through the ball, the homeruns are going to come, with his kind of power. Soriano has it in his brain that he can hit besides just lead off, which is key. Everyone always seem to have something to say negative about Bradley. To me he has shorten his swing and slapping the ball in the out field. He gets a lot of walks, been very patience. A-Ram has been hitting great also. Getting his power back, and trusting his shoulder, and driving the ball. Now, has a couple of homers since return. D-Lee, so much to say of D-Lee. Hes been hot for like a month and a half, thats about good. Has some neck problems I'm told, which suffered his performanced early this year. Could be back Tuesday I hear.
Jake Fox has seen the light, he has three hits in the warning track for outs today (wind kept them in). A very nice surprise, can play a lot of positions. Now the guy behind the plate for 16 consecutive games because of Soto injured. Koyie Hill, not a high average guy, but a clutch hitter. When theres guys on base, hes the one ripping a double in the outfield or base line. Using the plate well, drives the ball really well.
The Holliday deal by the Cards, are nice for them. But like the Cubs broadcasters said, if Soriano and Bradley do well, thats a trade its self. Their rumors that Cubs going trying to get a lefty in the bullpen, that would be a good move. Marshal is good but we really need another one. Reds might be sellers since they have been losing a lot lately. Not many out there, but it just takes one team to throw out a offer, like a team whos trying to rebuild for 2010.
Bullpen been solid, mainly because when they appear lately they have a nice lead. When bullpen struggles, hitters been picking them up. Everyone, might referr to the home plate call by the ump today, really didn't decide game so I don't really pay that much attention to it. Carlos Marmol looks like his confidence really improve, breaking pitches have been nasty and located. Kelly Greg has been really good since his blown save. Great day to be a Cubs fan, Brewers, Astros, Reds, and Cards have all lost. Look, this lead could be gone by tommorrow, but I'm excited how the Cubs are playing more then other team losing. You can only win, and hope for the best. Go Cubs!
Posted on: July 14, 2009 3:19 pm
Edited on: July 15, 2009 12:28 pm
NL CY: Tim Lincecum
He plays on a not very good offensive team. I know, either does Dan Haren. For me he has been the most dominating pitcher this year. I just have a feeling every time hes out their, he has a very good chance at a no hitter, even though his teamate got one. The pressure he puts on his arm concerns me for future injuries and surgeries. Theirs a reason hes a starter at the all star game, just brilliant.
AL CY: Zack Greinke
I'm not sure how you could argue that he has not been better then Roy Halliday. Other then a little more walks then Halliday, he has Halliday in almost evey stat. He might have lost five games, which was not his fault, mostly under scoring like Dan Haren. Has the lowest era in the American league. Having ten wins with the Royals is a remarkable thing. I do think Halliday has more endurance and did have a couple more injuries, still going with the young arm from the Royals, Zack Greinke.
NL MVP: Albert Pujols
Not sure how you could argue this, actually you can't. I'm a Cubs fan but you still have to recognize what hes really doing. Probably will be known as the best first basement when its all said and done, if not now. Anyone in a hunt for a triple crown is remarkable. He is a RBI machine in a Cardinals line up thats not really good. Has 32 home runs, if he reaches 62, he is the home run king for a single season, even though he might not break records.
AL MVP: Ichiro Suzuki
Joe Mauer may have a little bit better average, but still hasn't had the kind of at bats that Ichiro has played. Has 19 stolen bases, but the thing that impresses me with Ichiro is think about this, if Mariners didn't have him they wouldn't be in any race. When Joe Mauer was out with the Twins, they didn't do that bad. Lets face it, catches get injuryed a lot easier, they don't play everyday. Both have been good defensively, like always.
NL Rookie of the Year: Colby Rasmus
To me this is a no brainer. He has 11 homers, hitting for a solid average. He hits in front of Albert Pujols, so production should be steady. The kind of at bats this kid has and still has a battting average of near 280, remarkable. I know hes striking out a bit, but hes a rookie, he'll work this stuff out.
AL Rookie of the Year: Rick Porcello
Theres no doubt Tigers wouldn't be in first place if it wasn't for this guy. I'm sure not too many people heard of him. Eight game winner, has a solid era, doesn't walk hitters much. Hes not much of a strikeout type of guy. He'll be back rotoation I believe the 21st of July. Only allowed 96 hits in 87 innings, now thats impressive for a rookie. Hes a contact pitcher, so he doesn't give up too many big innings.
NL Surprise: Pablo Sandoval
Don't think anyone expected a huge season for Pablo, at least for hes second year. Very good batting average, I think what most people don't realize about Pablo is hes defense. Not only is hes good defensively, but he plays three positions (C, 3B, 1B), thats very versatile. Pulling the Giants offense, not really much other then Pablo. Can't believe hes only 22 years of age. For me the biggest shock of the year. I think would be runner up would be Jason Marquis, wouldn't have predicted that in a million years.
AL Surprise: Russell Branyan
This was a very hard decision for me because Ben Zobrist is also having a incredible first half. I think what separate these two is in the Rays lineup theres more good players, and Russell mainly besides Ichiro has to carry the team's offense. Ben Zobrist is a little bit of a streaky hitter where as Russell has been a little bit more consisent. Russell Branyan has been more surprising because of his age, older players always seem to impress me more.
Posted on: June 12, 2009 1:09 pm
Edited on: June 20, 2009 8:20 pm
Derek Lee has look great this week! Lifting the Cubs to three straight wins. Can the Cubs keep this up? I say yes, but they can't keep on relying on close games. These last couple games the Cubs hitting in the early innings has not been good. Batters were swinging at first pitches and not having quality at bats but in the later innings and extra innings Cubs hitters looked patience and posied to make quality swings and take good pitches.